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Pop Goes the Weasel (2) 1. Roond aboot the parritch pot, Fechtin for the theevil, That's the way the money goes, Pop goes the Weasel! My wee boy's a bonny wee boy, Your wee boy's a deevil; That's the way the money goes, Pop goes the Weasel! 2. Up and doon Jamaica Street, Riding on an Eagle; That's the [way the money goes, Pop goes the weasel.] 3. The hireies roond the porridge pot, Lickin' at the theavil; That's the wey the meal's sae dear, Pop goes the weasel! ________________________________________________________ (1) Nicht at Eenie (1932), 34; Montgomerie SNR (1946), 94 (no. 116), with music. Cf. Ritchie Singing Street (1964), 104, "My wee wife's a bonny wee wife" etc. St. 2 reversed in Rymour Club Misc. I (1906-11), 123: "Your wee man's a bonnie wee man,/ My wee man's a deevil" etc. (from Crawford). (2) Rymour Club, ibid.; used for "deedling" when dancing. Identical version as a skipping rhyme from Glasgow, in MacColl, Streets of Song no. 26: "High stepping or trotting during first line of song, changing to both feet together on second and fourth lines." (3) Rymour Club, 176 (2 lines), "On Dear Meal"; "Common in Forfar loom-shops long ago". Rodger Lang Strang (1948), 6, has "Roond aboot the porridge pot". Ritchie Golden City (1965), 19, has 2 versions, one close to the English [Half a pound o' tuppeny rice] and another more individual [Every night when I go home/ Monkey's on the table] sung for a (sort of) dance, where the girl who is out goes between a pair holding hands, takes the hands of the girl she faces, and they sing and dance to the rhyme; the other girl now goes and intervenes in another couple. MS
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